Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
Because, like it or not, that sort of teaming up together thing only takes place in large or exotic markets. While perfectly legal, IMO, it still reeks.
That is true, but it kind of happens in every sport. Free Agents almost always filter towards the big cities, even in the NFL. This particular situation happened for a bunch of strange reasons.
1) The NBA's max salary structure allows it.
2) The NBA's somewhat standardized rookie salary structure allows it.
3) That draft happened to produce 3 All Stars.
The biggest difference between the NBA and MLB (see the Angels) is that two superstars is enough to contend for a title. That obviously isn't happening in Orange County.